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The costs, such as lost productivity and fraud, are borne by the public and by Internet service providers, which have been forced to add extra capacity to cope with the volume.
Spamming has been the subject of legislation in many jurisdictions. The excessive amount of Spam mentioned is a reference to the ubiquity of it and other imported canned meat products in the UK after World War II (a period of rationing in the UK) as the country struggled to rebuild its agricultural base.
Messages that were crossposted to too many newsgroups at once, as opposed to those that were posted too frequently, were called velveeta (after a cheese product), but this term did not persist.Defiant in the face of widespread condemnation, the attorneys claimed their detractors were hypocrites or "zealouts", claimed they had a free speech right to send unwanted commercial messages, and labeled their opponents "anti-commerce radicals".The couple wrote a controversial book entitled How to Make a Fortune on the Information Superhighway.It is named after Spam, a luncheon meat, by way of a Monty Python sketch about a restaurant that has Spam in every dish and where patrons annoyingly chant "Spam" over and over again.Spamming remains economically viable because advertisers have no operating costs beyond the management of their mailing lists, servers, infrastructures, IP ranges, and domain names, and it is difficult to hold senders accountable for their mass mailings.
It later came to be used on Usenet to mean excessive multiple posting—the repeated posting of the same message.